21 Unique Cake Cutting Songs That Aren't Overplayed

Trust us—these hits are as sweet as can be.
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
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  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on features, pop culture and wedding trends.
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  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Jan 20, 2021

Of all the to-dos on your wedding checklist, finding a fun song to play during your wedding cake cutting probably isn't one you've thought of (yet)—but that's why we're here. If you're incorporating this moment into your reception timeline, work with your band or DJ to arrange a few cake cutting songs when you go over your playlist requests. You're likely familiar with some of the most popular wedding cake cutting songs—and there's nothing wrong with the classics. But if you're looking to shake things up and play a unique tune, you've come to the right place. Here, we've rounded up the best cake cutting songs that aren't overplayed. Some are older songs that'll never go out of style, and others are recent chart-toppers that everyone can sing along to. To help you find a wedding cake song, we've rounded up our favorites from every genre. (And if you aren't serving cake, you can still play one of these songs to signal when it's time for dessert.)

But before we divulge into our favorite wedding cake cutting songs of all time, we've outlined answers to frequently asked questions regarding the tradition behind the sweet part of your special day. Below, we go into all the details you need to know about the best cake cutting songs and more.

What is the significance of cake cutting at a wedding?

Believe it or not: there's symbolism associated with the couple cutting the first slice of their wedding cake. Some believe the couple holding the knife together is a sign of their union and support for one another, while others believe cutting the bottom tier of the cake is a sign of the longevity of their relationship.

Do you play music during cake cutting?

Many couples like to have cake cutting songs playing while they slice the cake together, but there are no fast and hard rules around this. Some even like to have their emcee announce the event and play music to get everyone's attention. But if you would prefer no music during this portion of your event, no one will tell you otherwise. Do what feels right for your wedding day.

What kind of music should you place during your cake cutting?

It's entirely up to the couple to decide what kind of music, if any, they would like to play during their cake cutting. Some couples prefer a slow and romantic tune, while others like to get the crowd hyped with something fun and upbeat.

What are good wedding cake cutting songs?

We're glad you asked! Check out our top picks for the best wedding cake cutting songs of all time below.

1. "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor

Marvin Gaye recorded the first version of this beloved wedding tune, which also makes for an awesome first dance song. Whichever version of "How Sweet It Is" you choose will suit your cake cutting perfectly.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "I just want to stop and thank you, baby, hey now / How sweet it is to be loved by you, oh, baby /How sweet it is to be loved by you, yes it is"

2. "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by Four Tops

With lyrics like these, it might be hard to tell if you're thinking about the actual cake (or alternative dessert) or your new spouse. Probably the latter.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Sugar pie, honey bunch / You know that I love you / I can't help myself / I love you and nobody else"

3. "Sweetheart" by Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett has yet to make a song that isn't perfect for a wedding. "Sweetheart" has a catchy doo-wop beat you'll love—and no shortage of sweets references.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Yeah, you're sweet like chocolate / Hot like sriracha / Yeah, girl you got me right in your back pocket / You're smooth like whiskey, fine like wine / I love how you're making my blood sugar rise"

4. "Sweet Creature" by Harry Styles

Harry Styles fans, this one's for you. Even if you aren't a frequent listener of the former One Direction member's latest hits, this laid-back soft rock song is a great option for your cake cutting moment. With plenty of swoon-worthy lines, you and your S.O. will fall even more head over heels as this plays in the background.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Sweet creature, sweet creature / Wherever I go, you bring me home / Sweet creature, sweet creature / When I run out of road, you bring me home"

5. "I Want Candy" by Aaron Carter

If you want to fuel everyone's nostalgia, use Aaron Carter's cover of "I Want Candy" as your cake cutting song. The beloved teenage heartthrob debuted the track on an episode of Lizzie McGuire in 2000, meaning this song will take you right back to your childhood days. (And even though the song doesn't explicitly mention cake, it's a sweet option for the start of dessert time.)

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Some day soon I'll make you mine / Then I'll have candy all the time /I want candy"

6. "Cuz I Love You" by Lizzo

It's okay to cry happy tears because you love your S.O. that much. In fact, embrace your emotions by playing this bold, jazzy hit from Lizzo as you cut the cake.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "I thought that I didn't care / I thought I was love-impaired / But baby, baby / I don't know what I'm gonna do / I'm crying 'cause I love you"

7. "Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

The Chainsmokers partnered with Coldplay for this feel-good song, and it'll bring all the good vibes to your wedding reception. This tune is a slice of happiness—what more could you ask for during your cake cutting moment?

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "I'm not looking for somebody / With some superhuman gifts / Some superhero / Some fairytale bliss / Just something I can turn to / Somebody I can kiss"

8. "Today Was a Fairytale" by Taylor Swift

Every part of your wedding day will feel like a fairytale, meaning this Taylor Swift hit is one of the best cake cutting songs. The song was originally written for the 2010 film Valentine's Day, so it'll set the tone appropriately for this sweet part of your reception.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "But can you feel this magic in the air? / It must have been the way you kissed me / Fell in love when I saw you standing there / It must have been the way / Today was a fairytale"

9. "Whole Lives" by Jake Scott

You and your S.O. will have plenty of sweet moments for the rest of your lives, and what better way to kick it off than with a romantic song like this?

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "And I know we've got our whole lives / No ending this in sight / Darling all I want to do / Is be with you"

10. "Cake by the Ocean" by DNCE

Get in the mood to eat and party with this song's infectious bassline and lyrics. While the chart-topper isn't actually about the dessert, it's still an upbeat cake cutting song everyone will know. Plus, if you're a longtime Joe Jonas fan, this is a no-brainer. Bonus points if you're actually getting married by the ocean.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Talk to me, baby / I'm going blind from this sweet-sweet craving / Whoa-oh / Let's lose our minds and go crazy crazy / I keep on hoping we'll eat cake by the ocean"

11. "I Can't Get Enough" by Benny Blanco, J Balvin, Tainy and Selena Gomez

Chances are you can't enough of your S.O.—or your wedding cake. If that's the case, play this aptly titled hit as you start serving dessert. The upbeat, Latin-infused cake cutting song will get guests on their feet to signal that the party is far from over.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Yeah, I can't get enough of your love / Give me some more, I love it / I can't get enough"

12. "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies

This song is so sugar-y you might want to invite your dentist to the wedding just in case. Here's a late 1960s classic that never gets old.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Oh sugar, pour a little sugar on it honey / Pour a little sugar on it baby / I'm gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah"

13. "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris and Florence and the Machine

Not into the oldies? No worries. Eat cake and rock out to Calvin Harris's chart-topper featuring vocal powerhouse Florence and the Machine.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "So I put my faith in something unknown / I'm living on such sweet nothing / But I'm tryin' to hope with nothing to hold / I'm living on such sweet nothing"

14. "Sweet Thing" by Keith Urban

Play some country in the background while you cut the cake and take your first bite. We love Keith Urban's fast-paced love song for this reception moment.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Sweet thing / The moon is high and the night is young Come on and meet me / You know I need you / And there's no way I'll be leaving / 'Till we're kissing on the porch swing / Oh my little sweet thing"

15. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics

Eurythmics made a real head-bobber with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." While it's not particularly romantic, we'll let it slide because it's so catchy.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Sweet dreams are made of this / Who am I to disagree?"

16. "Eat It" by Weird Al Yankovic

Looking to make everyone laugh during your reception? Play this parody hit by Weird Al Yankovic (inspired by Michael Jackson's "Beat It") as you cut the cake. Everyone will know it's time to eat, and they'll get a kick out of your cheeky song choice.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Just eat it! / Eat it!"

17. "In the Name of Love" by Bebe Rexha and Martin Garrix

Everything at your wedding is done in the name of love, making this a great cake cutting song. Pro tip: If you choose to surprise your partner with a cake smash, use this song to justify it—because it's in the name of love, after all.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "If I told you we could bathe in all the lights / Would you rise up, come and meet me in the sky? / Would you trust me when you're jumping from the heights? / Would you fall in the name of love?"

18. "Sweet Life" by Frank Ocean

There's no doubt about it—being with your S.O. is the definition of living the "sweet life." Honor the feeling by playing this mellow Frank Ocean tune as you enjoy dessert.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "But you're keepin' it surreal, whatever you like / Whatever feels good, whatever takes you mountain high"

19. "ily (i love you baby)" by Surf Mesa and Emilee

This soft pop song first rose to popularity on TikTok, and the lyrics couldn't be better to express your love for your S.O. This unique hit is a great song to play during your cake cutting moment—and if you have younger loved ones at the wedding, they'll surely join in and sing along.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "I love you, baby / And if it's quite all right / I need you, baby / To warm these lonely nights / I love you, baby / Trust in me when I say"

20. "Sugar, We're Goin Down" by Fall Out Boy

Fuel your former pop punk days with this classic song everyone will recognize. If sappy love ballads aren't your vibe, that's okay—in fact, you shouldn't play a song because you feel like you have to. But if you want to include a tune that'll still kick off the cake cutting, consider something like this. With "sugar" in the title, it's a great way to honor the moment without being too predictable.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "We're going down, down in an earlier round / And Sugar, we're going down swinging"

21. "Sugar" by Maroon 5

This might be one of the most popular cake cutting songs, but it's not hard to see why. Maroon 5's music video for "Sugar" follows the band as they crash weddings to perform for some of their biggest newlywed fans. A danceable pop song with video full of wedding moments? Yeah, it belongs on your wedding cake cutting song list.

Cake-Worthy Lyrics: "Yeah you show me good loving / Make it alright / Need a little sweetness in my life / Your sugar / Yes, please / Won't you come and put it down on me"

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